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Plant Conservation Preserve Guided Tour Schedule 2015

Come out for a visit to the Plant Conservation Preserves. We will see rare flowering plants, amazing views, and hopefuly get some work done along the way.

All preserve visits must follow the "Take Nothing but Photographs, Leave Nothing but Footprints" rule.

The Plant Conservation Preserves and their living and non-living natural resources are to remain intact. The only exception is with the explicit guidance of PCP Staff members to remove invasive and/or nuisance species.

Date/Time Event Additional Information

March 25
12:45pm meet at Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center

Venus flytrap repatriation

Join us in planting flytraps seized from poachers last spring in the Boiling Spring Lakes area of Brunswick County. Meet at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center on Leeds Road, 28461.

April 7
meet at 10:00am
Spring Wildflowers at Camassia Slopes
Hosts: Harry LeGrand (NC NHP) and PCP Staff along the Roanoke River in Northampton County.
Join us for one of eastern Carolina’s richest spring wildflower displays along the lower Roanoke River floodplain. We will meet in downtown Jackson at the courthouse- more details and directions will be provided to registrants. No developed trails or facilities on site.

April 21
3:00pm-5:00pm walking tour at Redlair Preserve

6:00pm-8:00pm talks at Queens University of Charlotte

Earth Day Hike
Hosts :Haywood Rankin and PCP Staff at the Redlair Preserve in Gaston Co.

Queens University, UNCC faculty, and PCP Staff at Queens University

No fee to attend, but space is limited.

Join us for a guided hike through one of the Piedmont's special places. There are developed and primitive trails on site, however, no facilities are available.

5:00pm-6:00pm Dinner on your own and travel to Queens University

Join us for a series of four talks discussing the history, natural history, ecology, and conservation of Redlair. See flyer for more details.

May 12 Workshop
May 13 Field Trip

Shortleaf Pine "101" Workshop
Hosts: Greater Uwharries Conservation Partnership
at the James Garner Center in Troy, NC

Presentations will cover ecological restoration, artificial regeneration, landowner incentives, etc. There will be a field trip to the Uwharrie National Forest to see shortleaf pine stands with varying managmenet regimes. See link for more details.

May 14
Endangered Plant Symposium
Hosts: PCP Staff and Friends of Plant Conservation at the Halyburton Park in Wilmington, NC.
Join us for a Lunch and Lecture where you'll hear about Venus flytraps and their habitat from Rob Evans (NC Plant Conservation Program) and others. See link for more details and directions to the Park. Remember to bring a lunch.


Meet at 10:00am

Wildflower Hike @ Paddy Mountain Preserve
Hosts: Rob Evans (PCP) and Friends of Plant Conservation in Ashe County.

Join Friends of Plant Conservation and PCP Staff on an easy to moderate hike to see spring wildflowers. No facilities are available on site.

June 5





Afternoon in the Country Longleaf Pines and Naval Stores History in Sampson County. Host will be the PCP Staff and AJ Bullard with (turpentine) history at White Woods Preserve.

Farm Picnic with Bruce Williams. A country picnic.

Explore historic relics of the business of turpentine and the importance of longleaf pine. No facilities are available on site.

Come just for the hike, or stay for the picnic. AJ and Barbara will provide music!

June 16
Meet at 9:30am

Endangered Plants and Pollinators
Hosts: PCP Staff at Eno Diabase Preserve in Durham County. In conjunction with PCP Scientific Committee Meeting
Join us on site for an easy hike through our Eno Diabase Preserve as we discuss imperiled plant habitat protection, active management to support imperiled plants, and considerations for pollinators. No facilities are available on site.

July 29




International Bog Day: Mountain Bogs Evening Presentation
Hosts: Rob Evans, Jim Fowler, Kathy Schlosser, at the Cedar Mountain Community Center in Cedar Mountain, Transylvania County.

Day One--Join us for an evening of talks about mountain bogs of the southern Appalachians and what PCP has accomplished in our attemps to restore one such site.

See Jim's photography work at:

See more details of the event here. There is no fee for the presentations.

July 30

Optional Field Trip

International Bog Day (Continued)
Hosts: Plant Conservation Program, Friends of Plant Conservation, US Fish and WIldlife Service, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and The Nature Conservancy at the Cedar Mountain Community Center in Cedar Mountain, Transylvania County.

Day Two--We will have talks regarding the protection and conservation of bogs, bog plants in their natural habitats, and management of sites by Ed Schwartzmann, NC-NHP, Dr. Chelcy Miniat, USFS, Dr. Jeff Wilcox and Dr. Rebecca Hall of UNC Asheville, Dr. Mara Alexander, USFWS, along with Adam Warwick, TNC, Sarah Fraser, CMLC, Gary Peeples, USFWS, Michael Sweat, NCFS, and Rob Evans, NCDA&CS Plant Conservation Program. There is no fee for the presentations.

Optional Field Trip: 25 for $25-- Join us for an extradordinary opportunity to visit a private site featuring rare plants. The owners have requested the number be limited to 25, and that each of those 25 contribute at least $25.00 to the Cedar Mountain Bog Conservation Fund of the Friends of Plant Conservation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit this site.

See more details of the event here.

August 7
9:30am- 11:00am


Imperiled Plants of Carolina Bays
Hosts: Harry LeGrand (NC NHP), Hervey McIver (TNC), and Rob Evans of PCP in Scotland County.

Meet at Nic's Pic Kwik in Wagram, NC at 9:30am.

No facilities are available on site.

Part 1: Join us for a botany walk at McIntosh Bay in Scotland County. This trip offers a unique opportunity to visit a “nationally significant” conservation area supporting an impressive array of state-listed plants and amphibians in an ecologically unique “Carolina bay” wetland complex. The tour will focus on natural features of the site and, hopefully, provide the opportunity to view one or more imperiled plant species. Participants will experience first-hand some of the management issues and challenges facing the long-term maintenance & restoration of this site, while gaining insight into the interagency effort to protect it and add it to North Carolina’s Plant Conservation Preserve system.

Part 2: We will also visit Antioch Bay Preserve, a beautiful cypress savanna owned and managed by TNC. Antioch Bay is approximately 20 minutes from McIntosh Bay. Let us know if you plan to meet us there separately.

October 23-25
Time & Location TBA

NC FoPC Annual Meeting & Tour--Wildflowers of Mountain Balds Hosts:PCP Staff at the Tater Hill Preserve in Watauga County. Join us for the Annual Meeting of the Friends of Plant Conservation and a botany hike to see the wildflowers of a rich mountain bald (no facilities are available on preserve site).

Contact Nancy Stewart to RSVP, (919) 707-3755 or You will receive directions and any additional information when you have registered with Nancy.

Due to the fragile nature of these sites, guided tours will be limited to 15 participants (unless otherwise noted)- RSVP is necessary.  There are no trails, no facilities, and no water.  Often, these are remote sites, so you will be asked to bring water and snacks with you. 

There is no fee for Friends of Plant Conservation members; members of the public will pay $10, which may be applied to membership. Plant and seed collecting is strictly forbidden on Plant Conservation Preserves. This is also true during guided tours.  

We ask that you leave your pets at home.

Guided Tours of NC Plant Conservation Program preserves are also avilable by request. If you would like to arrange a walk for a specific small group, contact Lesley Starke (919) 707-3758 or for more information.



NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division - Plant Protection Section
Plant Pest Administrator - Phillip L. Wilson
Mailing Address: 1060 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1060
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC 27603
Phone: 919) 707-3753 | FAX: (919) 733-1041